Young student wins national community award

Cheshire College – South & West student Niamh Ross, 16, from Crewe and former pupil at St Thomas More Catholic High School, has won the Dorothy Day Award at a Celebrating Young People event in London.

The Celebrating Young People Awards, organised by youth action group Million Minutes, honour the achievements of remarkable young people who make their communities a better place.

St Thomas More teacher Donna Brown, who nominated Niamh for the Dorothy Day Award, which recognises young people engaged with those around them, making their community a better place for all, said: “Niamh was part of our school’s Faith in Action group for five years, tirelessly attending weekly meetings and supporting events.

“She was also part of the Lourdes group, joining the fundraising to ensure all the pupils get there. Niamh has planned and helped to run cake sales, petitioned against social injustice and against homophobic bullying, supported events for CAFOD, Good Shepherd, and Christian Aid.

“We are all extremely proud of Niamh for winning this award which shows how much everyone thinks of her and the vital work she has done for the community.”

Niamh, who joined Cheshire College – South & West in September 2017 to study A Levels in Classical Civilisation, Government & Politics and History, said: “It was a huge honour to win this award for my volunteering work and my community activities whilst at high school. I have now moved onto study A Levels at College and I am really enjoying my time here; especially making new friends and getting involved in a much larger community.”

Dhesi, Principal and Chief Executive at Cheshire College – South & West, said: “This is an amazing achievement and an inspiration for all our students at College. It really shows how young people do make a difference to the communities around them and can be role models to us all.”